What is Refractive surgery? It is the ability to change your glass prescription.. Refractive surgery can be accomplished in a number of different ways.
Surface ablation , ( also know as Photorefractive Keratomomy, PRK) is when a laser is used to sculpt the cornea with a laser. This can be used for patients with myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. There are certain requirements needed before proceeding , so several special exams need to be performed in addition to a comprehensive exam before determining if you are a candidate
Laser assisted in situ keratomileusis ,( also known as Lasik) , is similar to PRK, but a flap is made from the cornea, and the laser sculpts the cornea and the flap is folded back onto the cornea. This also has certain requirements that may be different than prk, requiring a special exam.
Clear lens extraction is similar to cataract surgery but the lens is not cloudy as it would be in cataract surgery. This type of surgery has a few more inherent risks than the top two and reserved when a laser procedure in not practical.
Another option not performed by Dr.Rubin is the phakic intra-ocular lens and corneal inlays for presbyopia. Feel free to discuss these options with Dr. Rubin.